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This workshop will focus on indigo dyeing. We’ll prepare fabric in shibori patterns from various world traditions, which we’ll dye in smaller vats that are more practical for most people’s time and space. Synthetic indigo mimics the original plant source and assures results. If you’ve taken a shibori workshop, you can prepare some shibori for class. Due to smaller dye pots, limit samples to about 12” squares or 9”x12” fat quarters. If you haven’t worked previously with shibori, I’ll be teaching the basics.

Fabric: 2 yds of washed, dried, untreated, 44-45 “ wide 100% white cotton, cut in the following manner:


1. Cut 6 -  9” strips across the fabric’s width. You should have 6 strips about 9” x 45.”
2. Cut 10 - 9” squares from 3 of these strips. This leaves a 9” x about 27” strip.

3. Cut the 3 remaining 9 “strips in half = 6 - 9” x 22” rectangles

4. bring the 10 - 9” squares and the 7- 9” x about 22” rectangles, plus any leftovers to class.

Additional cotton, linen or silk: small amounts for experimenting (optional)

(Note: PFD or "prepared for dyeing" fabric is not required but guarantees the best results.)


Other Materials:

Thread: Button & Carpet, Craft or Upholstery Thread (stronger than for regular sewing)

Sewing needles (large enough for above thread), thimble if you use one

Twine (e.g. kite string) or medium to heavy weight crochet thread 

Waxed dental floss, any flavor

Embroidery-sized scissors with pointed blades (not your best) or thread snips

Seam ripper (optional)



A 12-inch ruler

Masking tape

A few rubber bands (especially very small ones) (optional)

A few pebbles, beans or marbles

Clothespins (12 or more), plastic or wooden, the ones with moving parts) AND/OR large paper clips

 (2-day only : a couple of wine corks)


Small spray bottle

A 1-quart plastic container (eg. yogurt) 

A  smallplastic bucket or container (1-2 gal.)

Box of gallon baggies (to take home damp dyed fabric)

A lidded container (milk jug, quart jars, etc) to possibly take some indigo home (optional)


A trash bag

A roll of paper towels

An old towel

Rubber Gloves (a la Playtex)

Surgical weight rubber gloves (optional)

Wear old clothes


I’ll supply the following if the workshop is within driving distance of Cambridge; otherwise it’s optional for students to bring:  PVC pipe, 24 inches long, 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. If leftover from plumbing project, outside surface needs to be smooth and non perforated.


Bring any shibori or tie dye samples you may have, and a sample of your work if you wish.


Note: Materials fee is $4, $5 for a 2-day class.If you have any questions, contact Carol Anne at 857-253-1904 or Also see



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